🔼The name Seba: Summary
- From the verb סבא (saba), to imbibe.
🔼The name Seba in the Bible
🔼Etymology of the name Seba
There seems to be something secretive about this name. Neither BDB Theological Dictionary nor NOBSE Study Bible Name List dares to even hint at an interpretation. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names ignores any Hebrew words that may have to do with the name Seba and goes after an Arabic cognate and concludes Eminent.
Perhaps that's what the name Seba meant to those who made it up, but to a Hebrew audience the name Seba sounded very clearly like it came from the verb סבא (saba), meaning to imbibe:
The verb סבא (saba') means to imbibe and is mostly associated with strong liquor and heavy drinking. Noun סבא (sobe) means a drink and noun סבא (saba) means drunkard.
Whatever the original name was intended to convey, to a Hebrew audience the name Seba must have looked like Drunkard. According to Klein's Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language, the name Seba means He Drank Wine.